Three high speed lines are currently under construction in France. One of them is the 182 km long (113 miles) “Bretagne Pays de la Loire” project. It is the continuation of the already existing Paris-Le Mans “TGV Atlantique” line dating from 1989. The construction works have started and the line is scheduled to open in 2017. When it is completed, it will take 1h 27mn to reach Rennes, the capital city of Brittany, from Paris, a distance of roughly 350km by road (216 miles).
The picture shows the point of origin of the “Bretagne Pays de la Loire” HSL, at Connerré, east of Le Mans. Since it was built in 1989 the HSL splits its 2 main tracks at this point to leave room for the future westward extension toward Brittany. The track #1, going to the right, is the junction with the westbound track #1 of the “old” Paris Le Mans line. The track #2 on the left is the flyover junction with the eastbound Le Mans-Paris track #2.
In 2018, the trains on the picture will run where the photographer stands.